Songs about other musicians

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'Johnny Thunders' by Vic Godard; 'I Can't Get "Bouncing Babies" by the Teardrop Explodes' by the Freshies

bham, Thursday, 11 September 2003 07:12 (11 years ago) Permalink

Malkmus did a retrospective appreciation of Reckoning for a magazine (Uncut? Mojo?) recently that confirmed his dislike of 'Time After Time'. I think he's nuts.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 11 September 2003 07:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

"bring me the head of jerry garcia" by iron prostate, "empty garden" by elton john.

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Thursday, 11 September 2003 07:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

is this thread just for songs completely about a musician, or ones that just mention other musicians?

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Thursday, 11 September 2003 07:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

"Cool as Kim Deal" - Dandy Warhols

"Needle and the Damage Done" - Neil Young

JP Almeida (JP Almeida), Thursday, 11 September 2003 08:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

You're One by Imperial Teen is about Kurt Cobain too.

Damian (Damian), Thursday, 11 September 2003 09:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

They Might Be Giants, "We're The Replacements"

Nick Mirov (nick), Thursday, 11 September 2003 09:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly'
Eileen Rose, 'Tom Waits Crooning'
Black Box Recorder, 'Andrew Ridgeley'

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 11 September 2003 10:02 (11 years ago) Permalink

bill drummond 'julian cope is dead'
julian cope 'bill drummond says'

joni, Thursday, 11 September 2003 10:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

Miles Davis wrote "He Loved Him Madly" as a tribute to Duke Ellington when he died.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 11 September 2003 13:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

Also Miles' "John McLaughlin" offa Bitches Brew.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 11 September 2003 13:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

"nirvana" by elemeno p

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Thursday, 11 September 2003 13:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

Did no one yet mention "I Know Where Syd Barret Lives"?

Re: "Michael Stipe (suck my long skinny pipe)" I recall a Spin feature on the Butthole Surfers long ago where they claimed to have written something similar on the side of their tour van. My memory of this is hazy.

dlp9001, Thursday, 11 September 2003 15:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

I'm fairly certain that the quote on the side of the Butthole's van went something like this:

Michael Stipe,
Despite the hype,
I wanna suck your big long pipe."

They use to live in Athens, and would park it outside his house.
(The same Spin article called my good friend Trevor [former B-Hole bassist] "the most hated man in America")

peepee (peepee), Thursday, 11 September 2003 15:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

I think that I remember that Johnny Thunder's Sad Vacation is about Sid Vicious.

Matt Helgeson (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 11 September 2003 16:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

Rickie Lee Jones "Chuck E.'s in Love"

Bruce Urquhart (Bruce Urquhart), Thursday, 11 September 2003 16:12 (11 years ago) Permalink

Mojo Nixon to thread:
Elvis is Everywhere
I'm Gonna Dig up Howlin' Wolf
Debbie Gibson is Pregnant with my 2-Headed Love Child
Don Henley Must Die
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I'm wondering how REM standing up to the Union Army in "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" means that Malkmus thinks that they suck now. I mean, in that song he remenices about early REM and then he wants to go back to the Civil War and see them marching through Georgia and it ends with "there stands REM" - no indication that they've fallen off. I guess you could assume that Malkmus thinks they've fallen off, since clearly they have, but I wouldn't say it's what that song is about.

BrianB, Thursday, 11 September 2003 16:18 (11 years ago) Permalink

the blow had a song about bob mould that was kinda cute. actually, i think it was about bob mould fans
amy correia's "blind river boy" was about jeff buckley

Felcher (Felcher), Thursday, 11 September 2003 16:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

pj harvey:memphis (j buckley)

kephm, Thursday, 11 September 2003 17:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

Bob Dylan-Song To Woody [Guthrie, that is]
Leonard Cohen-Chelsea Hotel #2 (Janis Joplin)
Bob Dylan-Blind Willie McTell (duh)
Gram Parsons-Return of The Grievous Angel (supposedly about Elvis)

Charles McCain (Charles McCain), Thursday, 11 September 2003 18:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

the doublehappys - big fat elvis
some dude - walking in memphis
gillian welch - elvis presley blues
the byrds - so you wanna be a rock n roll star

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Thursday, 11 September 2003 22:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

Mighty K.C. was a fucking sad song especially after those guys passed. Anyone remember "Michael Stipe" by P? - I think it was a Butthole Surfers side-project or something.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Friday, 12 September 2003 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

only living boy in new york - simon and garfunkel
written by paul about art, unknowingly to art - art is tom. when they were first together they released as a duo called Tom and Jerry.

so long frank lloyd wright - simon and garfunkel
again, written by paul about art - and art never knew. art studied architecture in college.

just lemme know if this is common knowledge....or maybe i'm a bit obsessed/have listened to the Old Friends box set too many times/read too many interview.....i dunno.

zarathustra, Friday, 12 September 2003 03:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

Who is "Styx Gig" by?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 12 September 2003 03:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Widowed Isis - (I Want To Be) Jim Morrison.

Don't ask.

colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Friday, 12 September 2003 03:34 (11 years ago) Permalink

"Rmaones"-Motorhead

dwayne dibley (frownland), Friday, 12 September 2003 09:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

oops - "Ramones"

frownland (frownland), Friday, 12 September 2003 09:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

thanks

dwayne dibley (frownland), Friday, 12 September 2003 09:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

"Michael Jackson" by Fatboy Slim.
"Markus Popp Can Kiss My Redneck Ass" by Lesser.
"Luke Vibert Can Kiss My Indie-Punk Whiteboy Ass" by Kid 606.
"There He Stood" by Jamaaladeen Tacuma (it's about Paul Robeson).
"The Baron" by Eric Dolphy (that one's about Charles Mingus).
"Miles' Mode" by John Coltrane (you can guess whom that one is about).

Tuomas (Tuomas), Friday, 12 September 2003 09:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Waterboys' It Should Have Been You is supposedly addressed to the late Johnny Thunders.

Palomino (Palomino), Friday, 12 September 2003 20:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

Liveonrelease - "I'm afraid of Britney Spears",

Pet Shop Boys' "The night I fell in love" is about Eminem,

Was Jennifer Rush's "Madonna's eyes" about the Queen of pop?

Seb, Saturday, 13 September 2003 19:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

I hate to bring this up, but 'Killing Me Softly' was written about Don McClean (sp?) singing 'American Pie' about Buddy Holly. I'm going to write a song called 'With a Machine Gun' about this post.

Speedy Gonzalas (Speedy Gonzalas), Saturday, 13 September 2003 20:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

didn't quasi write one or more bitter songs about elliott smith? if so does anyone know what they are? cuz i can really relate right now.

lolita corpus (lolitacorpus), Saturday, 13 September 2003 21:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

Range Life?

"The Stone Temple Pilots are elegant bachelors".

MarkH (MarkH), Saturday, 13 September 2003 21:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

That shit Cranberries song about John Lennon to thread!

Also, the KLF Kylie said to Jason and BMX Bandits Kylie's Got A Crush on Us

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 14 September 2003 11:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

"The Assasination of Stephan Grossman" by John Fahey, but he spelt the name wrong, cos its Stefan i think.

Bob Shaw (Bob Shaw), Sunday, 14 September 2003 11:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

(disclaimer - I do realise neither Kylie or Jason could be technically classified as musicians)

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 14 September 2003 11:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

(disclaimer - I do realise neither Kylie nor Jason could be technically classified as musicians)

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 14 September 2003 11:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

Adam Ant's "Goody two shoes", about Kevin Rowland... Or did someone just say that in the playground and I believed it.

Keith Watson (kmw), Sunday, 14 September 2003 13:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

didn't quasi write one or more bitter songs about elliott smith?
i guess they're on sword of god. little lord fauntleroy et al.

asking ilm when you can just ask your real life friend who you know knows the answer, classic or classic?

lolita corpus (lolitacorpus), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 18:14 (11 years ago) Permalink

"So Tough" - Slits (references Johnny Rotton and Sid Vicious)
"Instant Hit" - Slits (about Keith Levene of PIL)

Paul Marfleet, Thursday, 18 September 2003 19:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

10 years pass...

New Babe The Blue Ox album has a song called D. Boon and I got curious. I wonder if he's actually the musician with the most songs about him. Quick scan of Spotify reveals a whole bunch.

dlp9001, Friday, 25 July 2014 14:56 (1 month ago) Permalink


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